Although your blood keeps you alive and is rushing through your body constantly, it’s easy to forget that it’s even there.
Proper blood flow is important because it ensures that the heart isn’t overworked (in the case of high blood pressure) and that the organs and bodily tissues aren’t starved of oxygen or nutrients (in the case of low blood pressure).
Certain lifestyle habits, like inactivity, chronic stress and poor diet can dramatically increase your blood pressure.
If you like feel your heart beating too fast and your arteries are being strained, simply try this 5-minutes trick.
What Is High Blood Pressure ?
According to the Mayo clinic, high blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure (1).
Blood pressure can also rise if you’re feeling anxious or angry or if you’ve been inactive for too long (2). The condition is usually managed through harsh prescription drugs called antihypertensives (3).Some common side effects of high blood pressure drugs include (4):
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Dizziness or light-headedness.
- Erection problems.
- Feeling nervous.
- Feeling tired, weak, drowsy, or a lack of energy.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Acupressure And High Blood Pressure
Acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians as acupuncture. It uses gentle to firm finger pressure instead of needles.
When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, help blood flow and promote healing (5).
Draw an invisible line beginning from the ear lobe to the middle of your collarbone. Do not massage or press on the line. Instead, lightly run your finger along it in a downward motion. You should barely touching your skin. Repeat the motion 10 times on each side of your neck.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Starting from your earlobe, move your index figner half a centimeter towards the center of your face.
Locate this spot on both sides of the face. Firmly massage both points simultaneously, using a circular motion. Work on this spot for at least 5 minutes.
You should feel instant relief, but it’s important to take the time to relax to keep your blood pressure stable.
In the long run, daily exercise, healthy eating and quitting cigarettes will help keep your blood flow in check.